Thumb injury shelves Steffy for at least several weeks

Updated: September 3, 2008, 12:52 PM ET
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

With quarterback Jordan Steffy "out indefinitely" because of an injured thumb, Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said Wednesday that Chris Turner will start this weekend's game against Middle Tennessee State.

Friedgen said he wasn't sure if Turner would have started Saturday if Steffy had been healthy, but what the coach knows for certain is that Steffy will not be available for some time. Steffy won the job because Friedgen said he was the more consistent player this summer.

"He had a ligament tore away from the bone is what they [the X-rays] showed," Friedgen said. "They think it will be a minimum of three weeks."

Meanwhile, third-string quarterback Josh Portis, who carried four times for 13 yards in last weekend's 14-7 win over Delaware, will get playing time again.

Steffy completed 10 of 18 passes for 115 yards and was intercepted twice against the Blue Hens.

Turner, who took over as the Terps' starting quarterback in 2007 after Steffy's season was ended by a concussion, threw the ball only three times against Delaware.

"I have a lot of confidence in Chris, just as I do in Jordan," Friedgen said. "Like I said earlier, I predicted all three would play and they did. Jordan wasn't at his best."

Heather Dinich covers the ACC for ESPN.com.

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